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Established 2008 Chic African Culture teaches the history of African-food recipes and African-cultures, art, music, and oral literature.


The person who is not patient cannot eat well-cooked dishes. -African Proverb

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Breasts in Africa

Breasts in Africa

Sexualisation of Breasts
Breasts in Africa; breasts are less eroticized in some rural African societies where women go topless than in urban societies where breasts are exploited in advertising and in pornography.

Mother breastfeeding her child

Female breasts wield amazing power in Western societies.

Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture

Curvy women have leveraged the power of their breasts to manipulate even the most able, self-controlled. Empires have fallen, wills revised, millions of magazines and bras sold, and Super Bowl audiences scandalized.

Breasts in the US are big business, because sex sells. We see women’s breasts everywhere on television, at the movies, in magazines, on billboards. The addictive and harmful nature of porn is likely another reason why women’s breasts have become sexualized.

According to the National Geographic Society’s official website, one of the magazine’s early milestones came when its publishers decided that from then on out, they would show native peoples as they were, including when photographed nude. In the case of November 1896, that month’s issue included a photograph of a topless Zulu bride and groom from South Africa.

The message conveyed is that nudity is not necessarily “pornographic” in nature, but that it has a legitimate, academic place when studying world cultures. The African culture knew breastfeeding is the best way to feed baby and breasts are for nourishing life, not giving pleasure.

Health extension worker Elsebeth Aklilu refers to a family health card while counselling Kedo Abdula, who is holding her 21-month-old daughter, Fenete Abdela, on best nutrition practices, at the health post in the village of Maderia, in Gemechis, a woreda (district) of Oromia Region.

One problem is other cultures see bare breasted African women as lacking modesty, that they are closer to animals, that they are loose and want sex all the time. However, in the 18th and 19th centuries, at the same time National Geographic displayed bare breasted African women for scientific cultural purposes, in the Victorian age there were and still are taboos and social stigmas against showing nakedness, including showing your ankles or wearing pants.

The images of bare chested African women were disgraceful to say the least and African women were seen as heathens and not real people. No breach of etiquette elucidates the point more than the Victorian taboo about female toplessness. A taboo persists to the present day.

In Africa, women were not taught to be ashamed of their bodies, ashamed of being naked. The African culture knew breastfeeding is the best way to feed baby and breasts are for nourishing life, not giving pleasure.

Breasts are less eroticized in most African societies where women go topless than in more industrialized societies where breasts are exploited in advertising and in pornography.
African moms breastfeeding children
Did you know?
The average woman's breasts have increased from a 34B in the 1960s to 36DD today.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

African Hunter Never Returned Folklore

African Hunter Never Returned Folklore

Goes away promising to return but never does

African Hunter Never Returned Folklore

Guluwe was a hunter of great renown, who crossed the Kei on the Wild Coast, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa with Khakhabay, the great grandfather of the late Sandile. No man was ever so skillful and successful in the pursuit of game as Guluwe.

However, when Khakhabay took possession of the Amatolas densely forested mountains, which he purchased from the Zulu chief Kohho, he found them infested by great numbers of Bushmen. One day Guluwe, who had two young men with him, killed an eland, but while he was still shouting his cry of triumph. "Tsi! ha! ha! ha! ha! The weapons of Khakhabay!" he was surprised by a number of these inhuman looking Pygmies.

They said "Look at the sun for the last time; you shall kill no more of our game." Guluwe offered them a large quantity of dacha wild hemp, used for smoking for his ransom. One of the Pygmies was unwilling to spare him, but all the rest agreed. They kept him with them while he pretended to send the two young men for the dacha, but privately he told them not to return.

The Bushmen then commenced to eat the eland. They ate that day, and all that night, never ceasing to watch Guluwe. The next morning they asked him when the young men would be back with the dacha, and he replied that he did not expect them before sunset.

The Pygmies, gorged with meat, then lay down to sleep, all except the one who advised that Guluwe should not be spared. That one watched a while longer, but at length he too was overcome by drowsiness. Guluwe then with his spear put one after another to death, until, forgetting himself, he shouted his cry

"Tsi! ha! ha! ha! ha! Izikali zika Rarabe!"

This awakened the bushman who had advised that he should be killed; he now sprang to his feet and escaped, calling out as he ran with the speed of the wind: "I said this Guluwe of the Khakhabays should be destroyed; you who are dead perished for not following my advice."

Zulu African Proverb
Yimbini yezolo yakwa Gxuluwe
Guluwe's two of yesterday.
This is a saying of anyone who goes away promising to return, and does not do so. It had its origin in an event that happened many generations back.

African folklore is African art history

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Women Farmers Today

Help African Women Farmers

Protect Africa’s farmers particularly women against large-scale land purchases, social, cultural and legal barriers.

Around the world, there are distinct roles given to women, farming is still a man’s world. Gender inequalities reflect a mix of social, cultural and legal barriers to women’s participation in the farming financial system. Africa’s vast untapped potential in funding farms for women could become a source of rural prosperity and more balanced economic growth.

Agriculture has always played a fundamental role in the lives of people on the African continent. Whether the food is grown for household consumption or for sale women farmers contribute heavily to Africa’s agriculture. Around the world, there are distinct roles given to women. Women are also traditionally responsible for preparing food for their families. Almost half of the agricultural workers in sub-Saharan Africa are women, however; African women farms are far less productive than their African male counterparts.

Agriculture has always played a fundamental role in the lives of people on the African continent.

Millions of female African farmers face a range of problems, including traditional attitudes of the role of women, denied access to owning land and claiming the land of a dead spouse or relative land not understanding their right under the law, access to credit and productive farm inputs like fertilizers, pesticides and farming tools and problems obtaining loans. 

According to Africa's Progress Panel report in March 2018, only one in five Africans has any form of account at a formal financial institution, with the poor, rural dwellers and women facing the greatest disadvantage. Such financial exclusion undermines opportunities for reducing poverty and boosting growth. The gender gap is particularly marked in Cameroon, Mauritania, Mozambique, and Nigeria, smallholder farmers, and agriculture productivity at the center of national food security and nutrition strategies, with a focus on women farmers.

When women farmers have access to finance – credit, savings, and insurance – they can insure themselves against risks such as drought, and invest more effectively in better seeds, fertilizers, and pest control. With access to decent roads and storage, women farmers can get their harvests to market before they rot in the fields. Trade barriers and inadequate infrastructure are preventing women farmers from competing effectively. The African food system is under needless acute and rising pressure.

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